When bucks lock down in heavy cover, it’s time to change tactics
In early November, those just-out-of-bow-range bucks seem to be everywhere—and you just know you’re going to kill one as soon as you can carry a gun to your stand. Then dawn breaks on opening day of firearms season, and you can’t spot a rutting buck to save your life.
Peak breeding, also known as the lockdown phase, often happens during firearms seasons in mid to late November, when hunting pressure makes bucks tougher than ever to find. Stop watching empty trails from stands that were hot a week ago, and try one of these tactics instead.
A Montana buck in cover with a doe.
Get Moving Still-hunting is a solid tactic during the lockdown.